This resource was created by a partnership of family carers, practitioners and researchers. It draws on materials and ideas from Early Positive Approaches to Support (E-PAtS); a co-produced family carer support programme led by Dr Nick Gore and Dr Jill Bradshaw. The resource is for people who have a family member with a learning disability (of any age) to offer support during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Dr Nick Gore: Nick is a Clinical Psychologist and Researcher who leads on the Early Positive Approaches to Support programme
Debbie Austin: Debbie is a Family Carer, E-PAtS and CBF-PBS co-facilitator, and a Physiotherapist for a Community Learning Disability Team.
Dr Jill Bradshaw: Jill is a Speech and Language Therapist and Researcher. She has been involved in the development of the Early Positive Approaches to Support programme from the beginning
Joanne Sweeney: Family Support Manager for Mencap Northern Ireland. Joanne and the family support team offer early intervention support to parents and carers of children with a learning disability.
Dr Mark Murphy: Mark is a Clinical Psychologist working primarily in special education settings.
Jen Beaumont: Jen has been an Early Positive Approaches to Support Co-facilitator for the past 4 years. She has 5 children, 3 of whom have multiple conditions including autism and learning disability. Jen is also autistic herself.
Jo Wilcox: Jo is a Nurse and Clinical Lead for a Children’s Learning Disability Team.
With Support from:
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (https://www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk)
CK Burke, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
At a Glance
This resource is for people who have a family member with a learning disability to offer support during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This is a difficult time for everyone, especially for those with a learning disability and their families who may be feeling forgotten.
There is a mixture of reading material and videos and you can just look at the bits that you think will help you.
There are also links to other resources and numbers to ring for more help and support.
Everything here has been created by experienced family carers and professionals working together.